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The Oxford Dictionary has been updated: douchebaggery, Lynchian and asshat are now real words

The Oxford English Dictionary has just released its latest update to enhance your vocabulary, with over 1,400 new words, senses and subentries across the whole A-Z range.

A bunch of renowned filmmakers’ names will now double as adjectives. Godardian pays homage to legendary French New Wave director Jean Luc Godard and is defined as “relating to, characteristic of, or reminiscent of Godard, his films, or his ideas”. 

The Oxford English Dictionary has shared its latest update, adding over 1,400 words including Lynchian, Tarantinoeque, douchebaggery, and so much more.

Lynchian is now officially defined as “characteristic, reminiscent, or imitative of the works of David Lynch,” adding: “Lynch is noted for juxtaposing surreal or sinister elements with mundane, everyday environments, and for using compelling visual images to emphasize a dreamlike quality of mystery or menace.”

Tarantinoesque describes something “resembling or imitative of the films of Quentin Tarantino; characteristic or reminiscent of these films”, with the additional by-line “Tarantino’s films are typically characterized by graphic and stylized violence, non-linear storylines, cineliterate references, satirical themes, and sharp dialogue.”

The Oxford Dictionary has even provided Mrs Robinson, the character from the 1970 film The Graduate, with an official definition: a Mrs Robinson is now the official term for an older woman engaging in a sexual relationship with a much younger man.

If you’re not too versed in films, don’t worry. The October update of the dictionary adds over 1,400 non-film related words to its vernacular, too. ‘Douchebaggery’ is now defined as obnoxious or irritating behaviour, a ‘nothingburger’ is a person or thing of no importance, value or substance, and ‘asshat’ and ‘assclown’ were added to the dictionary in the course of the revision of the entry for ‘ass’.

Via Consequence of Sound.

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October 5, 2018

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